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FO Friday

I promised to show you some spinning, and here it is!

I participated in the Tour de Fleece this year (you challenge yourself in some way with spinning while the Tour de France is going on) and my only goal was to spin some every day – and I (mostly) met the goal.  I took about 4 days off during the 23 days of the Tour.  For the majority of that time I was spinning on one thing – my goal with it was to end up with a navajo plied fingering weight yarn – so the single had to be super thin, which took me sooooooo long to finish (I had a 4oz braid).  But it turned out wonderful, especially for my first navajo ply.

Finished yarn

Fiber:  Knitty and Color alpaca/silk in colorway Not Drinking Merlot

Alpaca/Silk fiber
Original roving

Spun on: my new Majacraft Rose
Ratios: I don’t really know – I need to learn the ratios of my wheel!   It was on the smaller whorl – about the second fastest setting.  I wanted lots of twist for how fine I was spinning, plus I knew I was going to navajo ply, so I needed some extra twist in there, too.
Ply: 3-ply navajo ply
Started: June 30, 2012
Finished: July 20, 2012
Results: 529 yards of a light fingering/heavy lace yarn

During the last two days I switched it up and went bulky!  This time I wanted to try core spinning.

Finished yarn

Fiber: Three Ravens Muppet Spin-a-long ‘Animal’ (BFL, merino, corriedale, bamboo rayon, mulberry silk, firestar glitz) – plus some sari silk scraps, and plied with KidSilk Haze in a purple color.  Cotton crochet thread as core.

Original batt

Spun on: Majacraft Rose wheel
Ratios: I don’t know this one either.  Set on the largest whorl, the largest setting – I wanted the opposite of my other yarn – a very low twist since I was aiming for fluffy and bulky.
Ply: Core spun single, spiral plied with KidSilk Haze and added in chunks of sari silk bundles randomly
Started: July 21, 2012
Finished: July 22, 2012
Results: 31 yards of a bulky weight fluffy yarn!

There are several spots where my cotton core shows through, and I’m not entirely happy with how the spiral ply with the thread turned out, but overall it’s not bad for a first attempt at core spinning!

Now I am anxiously awaiting 4pm Eastern time so I can cast on for my Ravellenic Games sweater!  (T minus 2 hours to go!) My needles and yarn are at the ready!!

Happy Knitting!  And GO Team USA!

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WiP Wednesday

I have one FO to show you and a couple of WiPs to show you today.  (I know, it’s not FO Friday yet, but odds are I won’t get around to posting again on Friday – hubby is out of town again, which causes all kinds of craziness in our house!)

I finished up the Gotland lambswool that I was spinning on my new wheel last week:

I have no idea how much yardage I have yet, I’ll see once I wind it off onto the niddy-noddy and give it a good soak to set the twist.  I’m very happy with it on the bobbin – we’ll see how it blooms once I wash it. The ball on the right was off my Mazurka, and the bobbin on the left is the yarn spun on the new wheel.

I got my wild flyer the day I finished up the Gotland – perfect timing!  So I’ve started spinning up a thick and thin yarn that I plan to ply with some thread.

This is a merino/bamboo/nylon roving from Rivers Edge Fiber Arts that I got a couple of years ago at SAFF.  I split the roving lengthwise and I’m just doing my best to get as many thick sections as I can!  I tend to spin so fine, it’s hard to force myself to spin thick, but I’m doing my best!

The socks are plugging away nicely:

I’m really happy with the color choices I made – and I’m even happier that I’m using up some of my stash!  I only hope I don’t run out before I finish the second sock! 🙂

So that’s what I’m working on this week!  Check out Tami’s Amis for more WiP Wednesday posts!

Happy Knitting and Spinning!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! (a bit early)

Look what my husband got me for Valentine’s Day!  (Or rather, he told me to go ahead and order it for Valentine’s Day!) 🙂

She’s a Majacraft Rose.  I don’t have a name for her yet, but I’ve got a few ideas kicking around in my head, so she’ll probably have a name very soon.

I did a bit of practice spinning on her to get used to the differences from my Mazurka, and then I jumped right in to finishing up spinning my Gotland wool (that’s been sitting half-spun for probably a year).

I only realized after I started that my Gotland wool is from New Zealand, and the wheel is from New Zealand, so my choice of first yarn to spin on her was very apropos!  I’m still getting used to how she spins, but we’re starting to get to know each other, and I can see myself falling in love with her in the very near future.  Especially once my wild flyer arrives (it was ordered separate, and is on its way!)  I really want to try out tail spinning and core spinning, and the wild flyer should be great with that!

As far as knitting goes, the fair isle socks have really sucked me in, so all other knitting has been neglected in favor of those.  They are coming along quite nicely:

I’m past the heel, and probably will start the calf increases soon.  I love knitting fair isle so much!

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to lately!

Happy Knitting (and Spinning) everyone!

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WiP Wednesday

I’ve been working on socks a lot lately, since they’re small and portable – my boys are in art classes one day a week now, and their ages are such that, of course, they can’t be in the same class, so I have to sit for 2 hours straight each week – perfect time to knit!  So, I have one pair done already (I’ll show you those on Friday), I’ve started another pair, and I’m halfway done with sock #1 already.  I have a feeling I’ll be able to plow through a good chunk of my sock yarn over these next few months!!

So, here’s the pair I’m working on right now:

I’m using Lotus Yarns Charka yarn in the colorway Katherine.  I’m loving this yarn – it has 10% cashmere in it, which makes it so soft and sumptuous.  On top of that, I’m loving the colors in this skein – sable browns, and blue-greys.  I can’t wait to finish this pair so I can get them on my feet!

I’ve got another WiP I’m actively working on, but it’s a new shawl design – so I can’t show it to you just yet. 😉  But I can show you the yarn I’m spinning for it!

It’s a cream colored 100% Polwarth, which I’m spinning as fine as I can so that I can then do a two-ply lace weight (or as close to lace weight as I can get!!)  It’s spinning up pretty slowly, since I’m spinning so fine, but I’m enjoying it so far.

Thank you for all the condolences for losing Harpo- my heart is still sad.  Our other cat, Minnie, has been depressed ever since he passed, so about a week ago we decided to go ahead and add another kitty to our family.  Meet Gracie, a 7 month old orange/brown tabby calico:

She is quite the kitten, and attacks my yarn and knitting needles, as well as my spinning wheel, so trying to knit and spin has been interesting these last few days. 🙂  Minnie is slowly getting used to her – she keeps looking at us as if to tell us that she didn’t want an annoying kitten, she wanted Harpo back.  But hopefully with a little time they’ll be best buds… and our hearts won’t hurt so badly from missing Harpo.

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WiP Wednesday

So, I am now done with all my Christmas knitting!!  Woo Hoo!!  Now I just need to wrap everything.  I might decide to knit one more thing as a gift, but it shouldn’t take me very long if I do decide to knit it up.  We’ll see.  But all my planned gift knitting is done, so I’m very happy about that!

I pulled my Girl Friday sweater back out, and finished up the right side just the other day.  So instead of starting the sleeves I decided to seam up the sides and do the shawl collar next.  I read the directions wrong the first time and had to rip out the collar and start over yesterday.  But now it’s chugging along nicely.

(sorry for the crappy photo - it's rainy and dark here today!)

I think I’m going to do the shawl collar for a few more rows than the pattern calls for, since I want a really big and cozy collar on this sweater, and the shawl collar as written is a bit on the shallow side for my tastes.

The pattern is Girl Friday from the Fall ’09 Knitty, and the yarn is recycled from a previous sweater that I knit several years ago (very poorly!) – it’s Plymouth Yarn Silk Merino in brown.

On the spinning front, I finished up my green merino and already plied it (I went with my knit-night gang’s advice and did a 2-ply instead of navajo plying it) – I’ll show it to you guys on Friday.  It’s drying right now after it’s soak bath.  But, since I cleared that fiber off my bobbins, I dug out another batch of roving that I was in the middle of spinning – a merino/bamboo roving from Miss Babs – in a colorway called Rope Swing.  I love these colors – pale blues, pale green, creams, and browns.

(again, sorry for the crappy photo! The colors really don't show well in this one.)

So, that’s what I’m working on now!  I’m hoping to pull out my Master Knitter swatches now that the gift knitting is done, and I have a couple things I want to buckle down and design as well, so who knows what will be on my needles next week!  (Be sure to visit Tami’s Amis for more WiPs!)

(And thank you so much for all the kitty mojo last week – Harpo is hanging in there for the time being.)

Happy Knitting!